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Ky. Baptist child care agency votes against proposal to allow hiring gays

Friday, November 8, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The board for a Baptist-affiliated agency that serves abused children in Kentucky has voted against a proposal to allow hiring gay employees.

A statement from Sunrise Children’s Services on Friday said the board of directors voted to maintain its current hiring practice, which informs job applicants that Sunrise does not hire gays.

Sunrise-KYSunrise President Bill Smithwick had proposed the hiring policy change to the board, saying the organization’s state and federal funding could someday be put in jeopardy. Sunrise is the state’s largest private provider of services for abused and neglected children.

Church leaders had argued that Sunrise would be abandoning its conservative religious principles if it opened employment to gays. The agency receives about $1 million a year from Baptist churches, but the vast majority of its funding, about $26 million, comes from government sources.

Kentucky Baptist Convention executive director Paul Chitwood cheered the board’s decision in a blog posting Friday.

“While I know, given where our culture is headed, government funding for Sunrise may someday be in jeopardy, I recommit my personal and financial support, as well as my advocacy” of the agency, Chitwood wrote.

The board meeting Friday was closed to the public.

Sunrise board chairwoman Joyce Smith said in the statement the board’s vote “will not affect the everyday care Sunrise provides to families and children.”

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“With this decision, we are not promoting anything other than the physical, mental, and spiritual welfare of our children,” Smith said.

Last year Sunrise, formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, settled a lawsuit from 2000 that was brought by a former employee who alleged she was fired for religious reasons and claimed the agency was pushing the Baptist faith on children of other religious denominations. The woman, Alicia Pedreira, eventually lost the claim over her firing but Sunrise agreed in the settlement not to discriminate against children on the basis of religion.

Sunrise operates eight residential centers, three psychiatric residential facilities and serves about 2,000 children annually.

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49 more reader comments:

  1. I still don’t understand how our sexual orientation affects our ability to do our jobs. Ugh some people, SMDH..

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:33pm
  2. receiving govt funds then this should be illegal but since its backwater Kentucky we`ll just let the straights be the one who abuse the kids

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:33pm
  3. Then defund them already ..

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:35pm
  4. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this angers me !!! “Sorry can’t hire you you’re going home to you’re beautiful wife after work.” Makes no sense. EQUALITY FOR ALL!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:36pm
  5. all these abused children you serve come from STRAIGHT families…hmmm yet you ban “gay” child care service workers when these children’s lives have been decimated by the “normative” families they’ve been born into….that makes so much sense..nothing but a bunch of backward bigoted idiots!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:39pm
  6. We all need equality for us

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:40pm
  7. It’s a known fact that KY is a bigoted state… I’m proud to say i have never been there and i have no plans to every visit or spend a penny in such a state.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:41pm
  8. We are not all bigoted in Kentucky. DO NOT generalize if you haven't been to the state. Louisville, Lexington, and Frankfort are just three of many very welcoming cities in a state full of hate. So unless you have visited the state, you have no say in what happens here.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:46pm
  9. geez... lol.... it's all in general... I'm from Louisiana, and lord knows they are bigoted as well as every other state.. but some stand out...

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:21pm
  10. and Jesus said what about gays?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:42pm
  11. Baptists live by fire and brimstone law.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:43pm
  12. The key work is BAPTIST what do you expect from a hate group.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:43pm
  13. Ahem, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Welcoming_and_Affirming_Baptists

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:00am
  14. not all baptist are evil Some work really hard at pulling away from the image of hate. It is the Southern Baptist Convention that is causing all of this problem in Kentucky.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:45pm
  15. I say wife because I’m from Canada but since its illegal in Kentucky I guess I have to say girlfriend or partner. :(

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:46pm
  16. How in the hell is this legal?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:49pm
  17. because it is Kentucky. I live in Louisville. We don't have protections in Kentucky.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:42pm
  18. Really people, it has the word BAPTIST in the name, what do you really expect?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:56pm
  19. Ahem, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Welcoming_and_Affirming_Baptists

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:00am
  20. not all baptist are evil Some work really hard at pulling away from the image of hate. It is the Southern Baptist Convention that is causing all of this problem in Kentucky.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:44pm
  21. If this or any other establishment is receiving ANY federal monies it needs to be stopped. They can do it their way with their own monies.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:59pm
  22. Bigots

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:03pm
  23. unfortunately it will take a lawsuit or ending their federal funding to turn this around.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:06pm
  24. Why should sexuality be an issue to do a job correctly….Jeez!!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:16pm
  25. Baptists suck….in more ways than one….I know waaaay too many child molesters and abusers that are baptist. Not saying ey are all bad by any means, but the odds aren’t good

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:39pm
  26. Overgeneralization is overgeneralizing. You're doing the exact same thing they are -- assuming everyone who belongs to X group is a pedophile.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:01am
  27. I think this is discrimination also but let’s think about this… Why would I want to work for them when they adopt these kids out to like minded people? I want my child to love others not hate gay people. They should not be allowed an adoption agency with the hate agenda they have.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:03am
  28. Dollars to donuts this is a 501c3 outfit masquerading behind hate. Smh

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:08am
  29. How is that even legal? Last I checked it was illegal to not hire people based on discrimination.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:13am
  30. Sexual orientation isn't a protected class in most states, so it's fully legal to discriminate based on it -- at least until ENDA passes, and even then, at the rate it's going, ENDA will wind up with a lot of religious exemptions if it passes at all.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:56am
  31. It is very legal in Kentucky. You can be fired for sneezing wrong thanks to 19th century laws still being used to govern the state.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:47pm
  32. Federal funding should be stopped immediately! It’s things like This that make legislation such as ENDA and others so important. The majority of Americans actually believe lgbt people are already protected by the Bill of Rights…unfortunately, we are not. Which is disturbing and disgusting…ALL people are Equal and ALL people deserve the SAME rights, freedoms and protections as everyone else.
    In this country, we have Freedom OF and freedom FROM ALL religion. I don’t see what’s so hard to understand about that, or why it’s often treated as an “insult” rather than the wonderful freedom that it is. I guess that’s because people and organizations like this one, Want their idea of religion and their idea of morality to be the “Only” one. They falsely cry “religious discrimination” anytime they themselves cannot discriminate against a group of people or a person they feel they “have the right to” based on their own individual “morality”. This is Bigotry and Hate, pure and simple.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:16am
  33. It scares me to think what they say and how they treat the children who are lgbt.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:20am
  34. Aside from a few individual states with non-discrimination laws, along with companies who have non-discrimination policies despite what the states’ laws are…there are No federal laws or laws in the majority of states which protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. That is how and why this is legal. (I worked for a large Fortune 500 company who had such policies in place, even though our state does not) To answer the question for those asking. Unfortunately, that’s how it is. Hopefully, it will not be that way for much longer though. Anyone interested, who believes all people should be treated equal, should write to your local representatives and tell them to support non-discrimination laws for lgbt people. With legislation like ENDA passing the Senate and going to the House, it can and does make a difference. <3

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:31am
  35. despicable humans

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:48am
  36. Idiocy, stupidity.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:50am
  37. How would you know if they are gay or not.. it is against the law to ask there sexuality.. Stupid fucks

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:10am
  38. Kentucky gets away with whatever they want. I live in Louisville. I have friends who have been fired and denied jobs because they "acted" or "showed" themselves to be gay.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:40pm
  39. Gross!! Their loss!!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:45am
  40. “Baptist” and “child care” is an oxymoron.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 2:34am
  41. How do they test for gayness at recruitment

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 2:43am
  42. In Kentucky they can legally ask. I know it is stupid but that is Kentucky. I live in Louisville and I have seen it.

    Replied on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:49pm
  43. but yet their religion is full of pedophiles. in fact the last several years it seems the only people being arrested for child molest r church officials….so they put the blame on us so the attention doesn’t stay on them the fucking perverted bigots! LOL

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:35am
  44. ignorant fu–s!

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 6:35am
  45. Take their funding till they figure their heads out their azzes. And it violates the equal employment opportunity laws put in place. Till they comply with the constitutions then take all their funding away.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 6:43am
  46. Usually the abuses have been from within the establishments

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:47am
  47. Kentucky Baptist…what a mess.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 12:51pm
  48. And that is discrimination

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:53pm
  49. at one time it was people of color not being hired because of their skin color, now the hate is towards the LGBT community. When is this hate going to stop especially coming from churches/christian groups who are suppose to live by the teachings of love/compassion/humanity of Christ.

    Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:33pm